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2019: My year in review

I can’t believe everything I did in 2019 happened in just one year. Check out this post to see me recap 2019. 2019: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

Have you been reading about the benefits of journaling but are unsure where to begin? Check out this post for a month's worth of journal prompts to start! | 31 JOURNAL PROMPTS GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU THINK | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

31 journal prompts guaranteed to make you think

Journaling is one of those things that sounds really great when you’re making New Year’s Resolutions or reading self help books, but it can be hard to keep up with, especially if you feel like your day-to-day activities are on the mundane side. I’m always trying to journal more, but frequently find myself at a loss for what to write. So, I decided to create this blog post with an entire month’s worth of journal prompts for you (and me!) to draw inspiration from. I’m always trying to get myself to journal more, but I often end up sitting down…

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If you're struggling to get out of bed, forgetting important appointments, or your apartment is a mess creating routines helps simplify your life! | 5 STEPS TO CREATING ROUTINES THAT MAKE LIFE EASY | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

5 steps to creating routines that make life easy

Lots of people talk about routines — morning routines, night routines, skincare routines, exercise routines. People talk about how these regimens simplify their lives, help them stay organized, and make everything easier. But one question I feel like is always hard to answer is how do I create effective routines? I wouldn’t say I’m an expert (I sometimes have a terrible time sticking to my routines), but I definitely have had a lot of success simplifying some everyday tasks by creating routines to help me get through the more tedious parts of my day. {What kinds of routines do you…

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There's TONS of advice about blogging out there, including some commonly believed "rules." But guess what, there's no reason you HAVE to follow these rules! Here are the ones I choose to break. | 3 BLOGGING "RULES" I BREAK AND WHY | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

3 blogging “rules” I break and why

I don’t post a ton of content about blogging because, let’s be honest, there are enough blogs about blogging out there and that’s not what people come to honeybeejoyous.com for. However, I’ve been known to share a few insights into my blogging process (especially during #HBJblogmas) and this particular topic has been on my mind for a while. There is no shortage of advice about how to run a successful and profitable blog out there on the web. Some of it is unique, but a lot of articles give the same pieces of advice. And like I do with all…

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My spring break was an adventure but not your typical one! I went to Charleston to watch our men's basketball team compete in the CAA basketball tournament and had an absolute blast on press row! | MY CHARLESTON TRAVEL DIARY: SPRING BREAK AT THE CAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My Charleston travel diary: Spring break at the CAA basketball tournament

I’ve never taken a college spring break trip before, so I figured my senior year was the perfect time to make that happen! My spring break ended up being an adventure, but not in the typical style. I took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina with my boyfriend Brendan and one of our BFFs Kevin to see our school’s men’s basketball conference championships. We spent three days in Charleston, watched seven basketball games, and managed to squeeze in some sightseeing too. This post is the first of its kind on Honeybee Joyous and I’m going to share my spring break…

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A year ago I knew absolutely nothing about sports. These days I'm one of the most die hard hockey fans you'll ever meet. In this post I'll explain how I began loving sports and how you can too. | HOW TO GET INTO SPORTS (EVEN IF YOU CAN'T TELL A FACE-OFF FROM A FREE THROW!) | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

How to get into sports (even if you can’t tell a face-off from a free throw!)

A year ago, I was about the farthest thing you could find from a sports fan. I grew up watching the Super Bowl, the Daytona 500, the Olympics … and that was about it. I danced, did color guard, and swam, but never felt like I had anything to gain from watching most popular sports. However, over the course of 2017 I discovered a love for watching sports. Whether it was March Madness over appetizers, gymnastics meets during spring break, or NHL playoffs from a dorm room, I learned to love watching and talking about all kinds of sports.  …

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It can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise when you don't like going to the gym. Here are my tips on creative ways to get around your gym aversion! | HOW TO EXERCISE WHEN YOU HATE THE GYM | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

How to exercise when you hate the gym

Ever since I first came to college, one of the things I’ve had the toughest time with is getting myself to exercise. I set some form of an “exercise more” goal every time I do some goal setting, but it’s often the goal I falter on the most. A lot of my friends will go for runs outside or trek to our campus rec center for a cardio and weightlifting session. I’m always amazed by people who have the motivation to make it there because, truth be told, I hate working out at the gym. I don’t like running, I don’t…

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Life's stress makes it easy to overlook some of the best things. Try appreciating instead of ignoring, starting with these 10 examples. | 10 THINGS IN LIFE TO START APPRECIATING | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

10 things in life to start appreciating + photos from my life

With everything that’s going on in the world today and the prevalence of all that negative news in our lives, sometimes it’s easy to start feeling down. When the weight of the world has got me down, I find that reflecting on my own life and on how great I’ve got it can help me cheer up and look on the bright side a bit more. No matter what’s going on in your life, there’s always room for more positivity and for more appreciating what you’ve got. While a positive outlook can by no means completely fix major life problems,…

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Whether you're packing for a vacation or to move back in to college, try using my foolproof method to remember everything you need! | HOW TO PACK TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T FORGET ANYTHING | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

How to pack to make sure you don’t forget ANYTHING

It’s still summer, but only just barely! Whether you’re packing for a vacation to take advantage of the last days of summer or you’re already packing to move back in at school, you’ve got to try my method. I’ve developed the method over the years and I’ve got to give credit to my mom for most of these tips. I don’t know anyone who can pack as well as my mom can, but I’ve channeled her advice into a method I’m sharing with you in this week’s post. This is the foolproof method I use to pack for vacations, for…

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If you have time to kill this summer, try out these 5 activities in order to have a great time without breaking the bank.

5 cheap things to do when you’re totally bored this summer

My favorite season of the year is summer! I love the warm weather and the break from school. This summer, I’ve got a full time internship that’s keeping me pretty busy, but I still have moments where I’ll be looking for something to do. Today, I’ll be sharing my tips for what to do when you’re bored this summer but low on funds. 1. Check out your town’s free activities I’m living in Washington, DC this summer so every weekend I’m all about going to the Smithsonian museums for free! Not every city has free museums as fantastic as DC’s,…

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